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Tim Tebow to stay with Jets for 3 years. He needs to start…

October 10, 2012

Via ESPN:

Jets owner Woody Johnson says backup quarterback Tim Tebow will “be with us for three years,” and also backs struggling starter Mark Sanchez.

Johnson tells CNBC on Wednesday that despite some speculation that the Jets could try to trade Tebow after this season, his first in New York, the team will “absolutely” keep him for the duration of his contract.

Johnson adds that he and coach Rex Ryan have not discussed making a quarterback change, saying that Sanchez “played great” in a 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night.

The Jets owner would not say the team would never make a switch because “never is a long, long time period,” but adds that he sees “the same things in Mark Sanchez that I saw when I first met him.”

Tim Tebow needs to be the starter for the Jets. He is an athlete and a playmaker. Mark Sanchez is a complete passer. He would work with an offense like the Patriots or Cardinals not with the Jets. They also do not have a running game this season. When they had a running game with Greene and Tomlinson, it set up play action with Keller, Holmes, and Edwards. Now, Sanchez has no one and he needs to be benched for a player who can make others better. It’s gotta be Tebow Time in New York. Sanchez is well, not good…

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Tebowmania is so big, even brands are fighting over him!

March 28, 2012

Tebowmanina is not something that goes on for a week or a day like Linsanity was with the Knicks, but it’s a year long process. Last week, Tebow was dealt to the Jets for a few picks and some cash consideration but over 32 television stations and twice the number of reporters were there on hand for the back-up quarterbacks press conference. That’s right, I said it. BACK-UP quarterback. But if you think the Jets were crazy, here is what Nike and Reebok got into over the past few days.

Nike Inc. claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok International Ltd. has used Tebow’s name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York. The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and unjustly enriched itself because it failed to get Tebow’s permission before launching the new products.

Reebok, based in Canton, Mass., did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. The lawsuit said Reebok did not respond to demands to cease Tebow apparel sales after a Tebow representative sent a letter to the company on Friday.

Reebok is a subsidiary of Adidas AG.

According to the lawsuit, new Nike-supplied uniforms for all 32 NFL teams will be unveiled next week in New York City, kicking off a five-year deal for Nike to be the league’s exclusive provider of on-field apparel, including game uniforms and sideline apparel. Reebok had been the supplier for the last decade.

The lawsuit said demands for Tebow-related Jets apparel was intense last week during a normally subdued time for NFL merchandise sales.

It said Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., believes Reebok was shipping large volumes of Tebow-related apparel products to retailers for sale to the public this week, damaging Nike’s ability to capitalize on a “unique and short-lived opportunity.”

The lawsuit added that it was unlikely that a consumer who buys an unauthorized Tebow jersey or T-shirt from Reebok this week will purchase an authorized Tebow item from Nike next week.

Honestly, this is just ridiculous. The deal between the companies is changing in weeks and everyone has to get locked up in this brand new controversy over nothing. To go to court over a simple thing as the wrong jersey is a bad issue but because it was Tebow, it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. I think Tebow is a great role model and a great person to look up to on and off the football field but to put this much controversy into something as little as a football jersey is insane. What goes on in the marketing and news world of sports is crazy enough and adding this Tebow story to the mix only makes people scratch their heads. All of this for a Wild Cat formation quarterback? I don’t understand…

Mr. Hercules himself aka LaRon Landry joins the New York Jets

March 19, 2012

@MrLandry30..."You can't build a reputation on what your going to do"... #grindmode http://pic.twitter.com/PxFzz5jA

The New York Jets have agreed to a deal with former Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry. The deal is for one year and $4 million.

The Jets were running out of options in a safety market that had already lost three players to franchise tags. They made an offer to Reggie Nelson, but he opted to re-sign Sunday with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets also showed interest in Brandon Meriweather, who signed with the Redskins last week.

Landry, the No. 6 overall pick in 2007, missed 15 games over the last two seasons because of an Achilles-tendon issue. He reportedly was told by the Redskins to have surgery to remove bone spurs from the tendon area, but he opted for alternative medicine procedures.

The Redskins didn’t make a strong push to re-sign him, opting for Meriweather. Landry also visited with the Patriots.

With Eric Smith the only experienced safety under contract, the Jets wanted to fortify the position before the draft.

Former starter Jim Leonhard, only three months removed from major knee surgery, is a free agent — but a return isn’t out of the question. Brodney Pool, who replaced Leonhard in the lineup, signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Jets want a playmaker at safety, as their safeties combined for only two interceptions last season. They also struggled in pass coverage against tight ends. However, Landry isn’t known for his pass coverage; he has only four interceptions in five seasons.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Landry is better around the line of scrimmage, a physical tackler that should improve the Jets’ run defense. He has six forced fumbles and 5½ sacks for his career.

Landry was on his way to becoming a premier safety when he was sidelined by a strained Achilles tendon in 2010. The injury forced him to miss the final seven games. Rather than surgery, recommended by the team, he received platelet-rich plasma treatments.

After missing the first two games of the 2011 season with a hamstring injury, Landry came back strong and started to flash his old form, but he went down with an injured groin. Some believe it may have stemmed from the still-troublesome Achilles tendon. Once again, the team recommended surgery. He opted for stem-cell treatment.

Landry said in late January that he expected to be 100 percent by free agency in March.

Regardless of all the injuries, if the photo up above doesn’t scare you then you are the toughest person on the block. This top 10 pick back in 2007 is in great shape as you can see and I think if the Jets bring back Jim Leonhard they would improve drastically on defense. Also if they brought both in and one gets hurt, you have the other option to go to and get production on the field. I think this was a high risk, high reward deal because of the injuries. But if he can play in 2007 form again, the Jets defense can be really scary next season…

MNF Preview: Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall wants to get ejected in Second Quarter against Rex Ryan’s Jets

October 17, 2011

Via ESPN:

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall says he has been playing with his emotions in check and plans to show more passion Monday night against the New York Jets, with a goal of getting kicked out of the game in the second quarter.

When asked if he was joking, Marshall said no.

“I’m not joking. I’m serious,” Marshall told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They’re going to fine me. It’s probably going to be like a $50,000 fine. But that quarter and a half that I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster.

“I might get in a fight with Bart Scott. (Antonio) Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship and grew a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens, so we’ll see.”

In July, Marshall disclosed he was diagnosed earlier this year with borderline personality disorder. On Thursday, he said he hasn’t played with enough emotion in the first four games for the Dolphins, who are winless.

“Obviously, Brandon was 50 percent kidding,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. “I know one thing about that guy: He’s not going to do anything to hurt this football team. I know the people in that locker room are important to him, and this guy has worked really hard.”

Marshall said he might get into a fight or a shoving match against the Jets, or bang the ball off his head.

Marshall has 22 catches this year but is tied for third in the NFL with five drops.

This is probably the best news that came out this weekend. Everyone around the nation needs to watch this game tonight to see if Brandon Marshall is true to his word and picks a fight with the Jets. He is probably one of the most open spoken receivers in the league and says what he wants and when he wants. To be honest, he hasn’t been that good of a player since going to Miami so why is he acting like this when the team is 0-5? My guess is he wants the Dolphins in the news and he wants to be on a new team in the near future. Hey, look at what LeGarrette Blount did in Oregon against Boise St. in the opening game two seasons ago. He’s now a superstar in Tampa Bay. Maybe Marshall wants to follow in his footsteps…

Is Mark Sanchez a model or a quarterback?

August 18, 2011

New York Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez has led his team to the AFC championship two years in a row. He also has been on the cover of men’s magazine, GQ,  for two years and has been taking hits from his coaches and teammates about being a “pretty boy.” New right tackle Wayne Hunter knows he has to do his job if Sanchez is going to keep his marketability level high enough for the glossy magazines.

“Mark’s a pretty boy, a California pretty boy,” Hunter said. “I can’t get him hit too many times or else he won’t be on the cover of anything.”

 To read more on what other players say in the article, CLICK HERE

I have to agree with Wayne Hunter on his quarterback. Yes, Sanchez has been doing his job and brought his team to the AFC Championship but No, he should stop being on the covers of magazines and focus on the cover of his quarterback playbook. Sometimes players don’t realize the significance being on a cover of a magazine or being on television every single day. One thing for sure is that it is distracting in the huddle and it can affect the chemistry of the team. When Center Nick Mangold talked about Sanchez in his white pants during a huddle in practice I laughed but was disturbed at the same time. These guys are supposed to be talking football, not clothing styles. But hey, if Mark loves to do it and the Jets keep winning no one will complain. Unless you don’t beat Tom Brady and the Patriots…

Rex Ryan on ESPN First Take talking about “Play like you mean it”

May 5, 2011

This is a great video from ESPN First Take in the morning.  Dana Jacobson interviews New York Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan about his new book and about his unique coaching style. I hope you enjoy it…

This is a great interview because it is classic Rex. He is honest, hard-hitting, and nonchalant. He really cares about his team and he really thinks he is going to win every single game. I think he brings a good competitive nature that sturs up other fans like the Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, and Dolphins. He makes people angry and he does it for a reason, winning. No, I don’t compare him to Charlie Sheen but having 4 playoff wins in 2 years is impressive. Without him I don’t think football would be as intimidating and ESPN wouldn’t have such good news updates every night…

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith can never leave New York

February 14, 2011

This is an article I wanted to share with all the fans out there from New York and also around the whole nation because it talks about how one man can talk so much about New York sports, that it never leaves his life. New York Sports is Stephen A. Smith’s life; along with his favorite player Allen Iverson. But this article displays what it means to be a true New Yorker in the “Empire State of mind.”

Via ESPNNewYork:

For those of you who swore I’d fallen off the map and disappeared into oblivion, never to be seen or heard from again, here’s a news flash:

 I never left. I haven’t gone anywhere.

 Any questions? Please, pay attention!

 My name is Stephen A. Smith. Long before my days at ESPN, the Philadelphia Inquirer or the New York Daily News before that, I was a student at Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High.

I am a native of Hollis, Queens, N.Y. A Knicks fan who grew up marveling at the basketball prowess of Queens natives Mark Jackson, Lloyd “Sweat Pea” Daniels, Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson. A die-hard New York Yankees fan, emphatically prohibited by my father from watching the Mets until I was 18 years old. (So much so, in fact, that I still have to apologize to Pops for being professionally obligated to watch that franchise.)

And the new host on 1050 ESPN Radio.

And the new columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.

In this city, known as the Mecca, it’s the Yankees or the Mets. You can’t root for both. Despite our starvation involving the Knicks and their quest for their first championship since 1973, they’ll always matter more than the Nets. Even when the Nets finally move to Brooklyn. The Giants and the Jets still belong to New York, even if they are playing in New Jersey.

And our passion, our knowledge, our commitment to accountability from our teams, is unparalleled and unapologetic.

A mild-mannered mentality never worked in this town, so don’t expect any timidity now. If the Knicks stink, you won’t hear that they’re “struggling.” Not in this space. When the Mets continue to lose, all the trouble they’re in because of Bernie Madoff is not going to suffice as a viable excuse. We’ll focus instead on the Mets’ years of ineptitude and how much losing they were doing when they actually had money … long before owner Fred Wilpon got himself mixed up in some Ponzi scheme.

Instead of limiting our focus to Yankees greats Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez — or A-Rod’s love life — just as much attention will be paid to Brian Cashman’s productivity. And instead of asking whether it’s time for guys like Giants coach Tom Coughlin or Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to go, maybe we’re not too far removed from questioning Eli Manning‘s productivity, or pondering the future of Mark Sanchez.

This is what happens in New York City. If you’re not winning, you’re losing. And when your body language resembles that of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who always looks depressed, that only makes things worse.

New Yorkers always want to win. But it’s just as important to us that you show us that you’re trying like hell to do it for us.

It’s why we loved the late George Steinbrenner and all the headlines his petulance created over the years. It’s why we respected former MSG and Knicks president Dave Checketts when he was chasing Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls — to no avail. The crown may have eluded him, but at least he was legitimately chasing it.

It’s why we’re loving the Knicks right now, having watched them spend $100 million on Amare Stoudemire, knowing they’re willing to spend another $100 million on Carmelo Anthony. It’s why we can’t get enough of the Yankees, despite knowing the Boston Red Sox now have a better rotation after clearly having a better offseason.

While winning may not always personify the Big Apple, attitude certainly does. Players get called to the carpet. So do coaches, managers, executives, owners and anyone associated with them. No one is safe.

In a city that never sleeps, skeptics consider this place heaven. Few ever get tired of talking. No one gets tired of listening. Everyone wants to opine about something, and whoever qualifies as collateral damage, well … we all know how it goes.

It’s New York. The place I’ve called home all of my life, where truth is always required. Or at least a concerted effort to capture it.

This is the way it’s been my entire life. To be honest, this is the way it should be.

Whether it’s pertaining to the Knicks, Nets, Giants, Jets, Mets or Yankees, the mandate is the same. Compete. Pursue excellence. When failing to do either, expect to be held accountable.

Didn’t I tell you I never left?

…I love Stephen’s writing. He is so passionate about the game and so passionate about being a New Yorker that he is not ready to give it up. He is a guy on tv and on radio that is more passionate about what he is talking about than actually  factual but I enjoy it. I enjoy the rants, the yelling, and the funny statements because it makes the news media entertaining. He is one of the top guys on the list with Chris Berman and John Kruk that are great for television but not for debates. I am hoping to read more from him on ESPN New York but what I don’t want to hear about is his love for Allen Iverson…